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It will take more than Psycho to fix Forest

Posted by on 2:29 pm in English League Football, Latest, Opinion | 11 comments

It will take more than Psycho to fix Forest

If grounds could talk, its tale would be the grandest of them all. It is no Camp Nou, no Santiago Bernabéu. You could hardly find a more inauspicious set for this Hollywood plot. Across the waters of the Trent, beyond the graffiti-spattered Lady Bay Bridge and gloomy, half-abandoned industrial units, Nottingham Forest’s giant, dirty goalpost of a Trent End is impossible to miss, standing proud alongside the boat clubs on the banks of the river. You already know the implausible story arc: the rise from provincial obscurity, the glory, and the...

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Rangers: Crisis Over, Or Just Beginning?

Posted by on 6:23 pm in Finance, Latest, Scottish Football | 1 comment

Rangers: Crisis Over, Or Just Beginning?

It is little wonder that Scotland’s Mainstream Media (SMSM) get a hard time when, aside from any perceived Celtic/Rangers/Old Firm bias, they make such elementary errors. The Rangers International Football Club (RIFC) interim results revealed operating losses of £3.6m between July 1st and December 31st 2013, which the Daily Record and the Herald newspapers called “the seven months to the end of last year/2013.” And this from a media which spent weeks trumpeting Rangers manager Ally McCoist’s annual salary as £826,000 when this figure appeared...

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“Full Of Thieves And Crooks” – Massimo Cellino Delivers His Verdict

Posted by on 6:36 pm in Finance, Latest | 1 comment

“Full Of Thieves And Crooks”  – Massimo Cellino Delivers His Verdict

Twenty-five thousand people listened to it in two hours, and now a lot of them are looking for some answers. Over the weekend, a Leeds United supporter managed to get hold – from, it should be added, publicly available sources – of the telephone number Man Who Be The New King Of Elland Road, Massimo Cellino, and gave him a call, with surprising results. You can hear the interview for yourself by clicking here – or there is a transcript of it here – but here are, for the benefit of those amongst you that are unwilling...

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The Uncrowned Prince

Posted by on 8:40 pm in European Club Football, History, Latest | 0 comments

The Uncrowned Prince

The memories of football fans, laced as they often are with a solid lack of sentimentality (at least we pretend they are), often leave little room for reminiscing about big money players who should have made it big, but didn’t. Believe me, I’m far from alone in this regard. Indeed, I’ve got the “him? ach, he was rubbish” sneer down to a fine art, whenever someone asks me about a player who falls into the “shoulda made it” bracket. Mention the name Gianluigi Lentini, however, and we have what is often...

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Manchester United vs Manchester City: A Personal View

Posted by on 1:55 pm in Latest, Opinion | 2 comments

Manchester United vs Manchester City: A Personal View

As the full-time whistle blew at Old Trafford this evening, the strangest feeling came over me. Prior to the match, if you’d asked me, I’d have probably said that I wanted Manchester City to win this match. It’s a reflex reaction to twenty years of unprecedented success from Manchester United – the taste of schadenfreude can be prove to be surprisingly enduring – and the lingering residue of the idea that Manchester City are the underdogs in these fixtures, an idea that became throughly ingrained in my psyche...

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A “Classico” Worthy Of The Name

Posted by on 6:22 pm in European Club Football, Latest | 2 comments

A “Classico” Worthy Of The Name

It was a strange Sunday more than a “Super” one. Tottenham showed heart. Stoke City looked like Barcelona. And Barcelona themselves defended like Aston Villa. In that context, Barca’s thrill/laugh-a-minute 4-3 victory at Real Madrid was almost to be expected. The Bernabeu clasico had everything Premier League fans apparently desire. Goals, pace, schoolboy errors, dodgy refereeing, dodgy diving and a punch-up. Looking back, even from this short distance, there wasn’t as much sublime football in the game as it felt like there had been at the...

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